The Cat Encyclopedia by DK Publishing

By DK Publishing

Greater than 86 million american citizens personal a minimum of one cat (that's 10+ million greater than personal a dog). Cats are actually Americans' favourite pets.

Offering every little thing you must learn about cats in a single easy-reference quantity, The Cat Encyclopedia beneficial properties attractive photos of cat breeds from world wide mixed with specialist recommendation on kitten and cat care, and a party of cats in paintings and culture.

The Cat Encyclopedia is choked with info at the features, origins, and behaviors of every form of cat, and contains superbly photographed profiles of the world's cat breeds.

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118–19), have a body shape known as “cobby”, with a compact, muscular body, relatively short legs, a thicker tail, and a rounder head. 216), fall between these two extremes in terms of body shape, and the head and body forms can be combined in different ways by the different cat breeders. Body forms also tend to vary around the world, depending on the climate of a region. COBBY BODY BOB TAIL 49 FELINE BIOLOGY | SKIN AND COAT Skin and coat The skin is an organ, like the heart or liver. In fact, it is the largest organ of a cat’s body, enveloping and protecting the animal from environmental threats and diseases.

A frontal area of the brain contains iron salts that are sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic fields. This compass helps cats navigate their territory and may also explain how some cats have managed to travel hundreds of kilometres back to their home after being moved away. The cat’s brain also registers the different times of the day from Biofeedback As soon as a cat detects a potentially dangerous scent, it becomes primed for a fight-or-flight response by a chain of hormonal reactions. Once the danger is over, the hormone cortisol suppresses – via a biofeedback loop – the hormone that originally triggered the response.

DEMONS AND DETECTIVES In fiction for adult readers, cats as major characters are rare. Of the few memorable examples, there can be none more frightful than the gigantic, demonic, gunslinging Behemoth in Mikhail Bulgakov’s chaotic and witty satire The Master and Margarita (published posthumously in 1967). And for sheer horror, there is little to beat Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat” (1843), in which a murdered cat haunts the drunken master who killed it. A subgenre of the detective novel with a feline twist has become immensely popular in recent decades.

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